Setta sandals first appeared in Japan in the 16th century, originally worn primarily by masters and practitioners of tea ceremony. Their straw footbed and leather sole made them both comfortable and practical. Now, a Japanese company has modernized the traditional design to suit contemporary urban lifestyles. With a soft, flexible sole modeled after sneakers and a fabric footbed, the new style of setta sandals are just as equally suited to shopping and running errands around town as they are to tea ceremony. Originally created thanks to a successful crowd funding campaign, the sandals are now available for purchase by the general public.